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Jun 6, 2011

Midwest Craft Caucus: Grassroots Business Conference for Crafters

Jun 6, 2011
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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Midwest Craft Caucus this weekend.  Talk about motivating!  The conference was filled with around 100 crafters and artisans of all experience levels, each passionate and obsessed with their craft.  This group had energy.  Energy to meet, inspire, build connections and help strengthen the handmade community.  I gained WAY more from this conference than I expected to.  And I was only able to attend Day 1 of the two day conference.




The purpose of the conference was to get the handmade community together to discuss how to effectively build a successful craft business, share information learned by those with more experience, and build community among crafters.  I attended most of the “business-y” sessions because I know this information is crucial to me at this point where I am just getting started in pattern design.

If any of you are interested in learning some information about this type of stuff, I’d be willing to do a couple posts from the notes I took.  It applies to anyone trying to start a handmade business via etsy, craft fairs, and online shops.  Fascinating!  

If you have something similar in your area, I’d highly encourage you to attend.  

Making crafty connections locally is always fun!
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7 comments:

  1. Oh yeah - please do share!

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  2. This sounds great! I'd love to hear some of the stuff you learned.

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  3. yes, I'd love to hear which sessions you found most helpful/informative/inspiring! I looked a the session descriptions and these caught my interest:
    Branding and product development
    Crafting an online presence
    Craft fair experience
    Effective merchandising
    Finding success on Etsy

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  4. More please! So sorry I couldn't make it, it sounds awesome!

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  5. I would love to hear more and say yes to everything Duff said! :)

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  6. Great to meet you there! Day two wasn't as jam-packed as day one, but I have notes if you'd like me to email some to you. :)

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  7. Hi AnneMarie - it was great seeing you there - I agree you should blog about the conference! It was a really great experience - both what I learned and seeing so much creativity in one place!

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